Robin Rhoades, Executive Director, founded Southside Art Center with her husband, Matt, in 1986. A teacher and former social worker, Robin is committed to helping people with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. She serves on several executive committees and boards, including the Alta California Regional Center. She works part-time for People First® of California, Inc.'s providing executive advice and support to their Executive Director. Robin holds a BA degree and teaching credential from California State University, San Jose.
Matt Rhoades, Board President and Corporate Planning Director, co-founded Southside Art Center with his wife, Robin. As a professional artist with many exhibitions and awards, Matt helped launch Dream Makers, a participant-owned business to benefit people with developmental disabilities. He also formed the New Visions Gallery at Country Club Center. Matt received his BA and MA in art from California State University, Sacramento. To view the personal art portfolio of Matt Rhoades, please visit his website at www.mattrhoadesartist.com.
Mike Everson, Associate Executive Director, has over 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities and self-advocacy. Mike provides operations and human resource oversight for Southside Art Center. He serves as Southside’s training officer and is an official American Red Cross Instructor. Along with his duties at Southside Art Center, Mike has helped People First® of California, Inc. for over 17 years, currently assisting them as their Administrator. He received his BS in Psychology from the U.C. Davis and his adult teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento. He currently is finishing his Masters in counseling through the Marriage and Family Therapist accredited program at the University of Phoenix, Sacramento Valley campus and is as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee part-time through Life Practice Counseling Group.
Kate Halecky, Director of Programs for Passage Department, came to Southside Art Center in January of 2012 and started as a Passage Program Supervisor. Kate came to SSAC with a background in behavior and crisis intervention, serving participants of Alta California Regional Center through direct service and a 24/7 response hotline. Kate gained valuable experience working with participants in crisis, as well as crisis prevention. Since coming to Southside Kate has learned the true meaning of self-advocacy and community involvement. Kate holds a B.A. from California State University Monterey Bay.
Katherine Wallen, Director of Programs for Art, Employment and Community Volunteerism, came to Southside Art Center in December 2013. Katherine came to SSAC with 12 years of experience serving adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness as a job coach, Department of Labor specialist, team facilitator, and business manager. Katherine has dedicated her career to assisting individuals achieve their personal goals through person centered planning. Katherine holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Lauren True, Supervisor for Sacramento Passage Departments, came to Southside Art Center in December 2011. Lauren comes to SSAC from another non-profit that serves adults with disabilities in the Sacramento area, with experience job coaching and providing behavioral support. Lauren holds a BA from University of California, Irvine.
Jeff Beesley, Supervisor for Auburn and Roseville Passage Department. Jeff came to Southside in February of 2013 with two years of supervisory experience and an educational background in psychology. He is a graduate-level Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee skilled in treatment planning and behavior analysis.
David Tibbs, Supervisor for the Elk Grove Passage Department, came to Southside Art Center in October 2012. David has been committed to working with individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 8 years where he has worked as a Teacherís Aide/Music Teacher for a private school and as a job coach with another non-profit organization. He currently holds a B.S. in Psychology from Union Institute and University, Sacramento.